Educator helps colleagues relax with after-school yoga

URBANA – The teachers are off the wall.

It's after school in a third-floor math class, equations still written in dusty chalk on the board. But all the chairs and desks have been pushed aside, the students have left the building and the teachers are wearing sweat pants.

Schools starting programs to prepare kids for tests

DANVILLE – Last Friday, students in Daniel Hile's business classes played a "Mad Libs"-type game, while students in Andrea Van Leer's math class played bingo.

The teachers weren't letting their students goof off – they were helping to prepare juniors for their high-stakes state-standardized testing in April.

Danville teen's winning words laud self-respect

DANVILLE – If 17-year-old Erica Kirk had to choose one quality every teenager should have, it would be self-respect, "because a teenager is trying many things to fit in with everybody else."

With self-respect, "you'll love yourself," she said.

School bus hits van; 2 adults injured

CADWELL – Two adults but no kids were injured in an accident involving a minivan and a school bus in eastern Moultrie County on Friday.

A release from the Illinois State Police at Pesotum said the accident happened at 7:28 a.m. Friday at the intersection of Moultrie County roads 1800N and 1600E.

Urbana schools have glitches in the (computer) system

URBANA – Teachers have a saying: When you don't understand something about your computer, ask your students.

So if you ask students what they think of the Urbana school district's technology – both its present and its potential – it's no surprise they have plenty to say.

Rantoul schools Web site up and running

RANTOUL – The Rantoul City Schools board was given a tour Thursday of the district's revised Web site.

"It's not a completed project, it's a work in progress, but it's one in which the district can take pride," Superintendent Bill Trankina said.

Tuscola students learn as they teach

TUSCOLA – Activities aimed at educating preschoolers in Tuscola Community High School's "Winter Wonderland" program allowed them to learn about letters, numbers, colors and even music.

But those activities were doubly educational last week, as high school students learned what it's like to create a week's worth of lesson plans for eight children ages 3 through 5.

Monticello considers grade-centered schools

MONTICELLO – The Monticello school board received the second half of a proposal to switch to graded attendance centers at its meeting Wednesday night.

In December the board received a recommendation from a study group consisting of parents, administrators, teachers and Superintendent Vic Zimmerman to switch to graded attendance centers.

Paxton board approves bond sale

PAXTON – The Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board officially approved the sale of $2 million in general obligation bonds Wednesday night.

The bonds, which were the subject of an Oct. 17, 2007, hearing, will be used to finish a number of projects districtwide.

Parkland trustees unanimously OK Ramage as president

CHAMPAIGN – After seven months as interim president of Parkland College, Tom Ramage now has the job on a permanent basis.

The Parkland board of trustees voted unanimously Wednesday night to hire Ramage as president.